“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
“Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,” he said.
From the quotes above it has become quite clear that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is just playing his typical role in the aftermath of a national tragedy. That is to immediately manipulate it to justify his civil liberties snatching agenda and “sell the population” on implementing a total police state like the one he is eagerly putting in place in NYC. He says “we live in a very dangerous world.” Ok…well the world has always been very dangerous, so thanks for the tip. However, the worst part is that he states “there are people who want to take away our freedoms.” So I guess the answer to that is to let Bloomberg take them away before the “terrorists” have a chance to. What a total authoritarian this guy is. He is doing exactly the opposite of what security expert Bruce Schneier implored us to do in the wake of Boston.
The best writeup of this story I have seen is by Tim Cushing of Tech Dirt. Below are some excerpts:
Good news, everyone. The terrorists will win and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to help. Of course, his speech is all about not letting the terrorists win. But he’s giving them exactly what they want.
But Bloomberg sees something else, something much more malignant than more cameras and fewer immigrants. He sees this attack as an indication that our country has outgrown its founding principles and that we can’t be truly “safe” without altering the fabric of the nation.
Yes, we know there are people who want to “take away our freedoms.” The problem is that, increasingly, these people are politicians and legislators – politicians and legislators who enact laws that enable agencies like the NSA and the DHS to strip away our rights. The terrorists? They only “take away our freedoms” if we let them. And people like Bloomberg seem more than willing to capitulate to the implied demand.
Full article by Tim is here.
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